Friday, October 30, 2015

half a willow

Well, roughly half of a Willow Queen, that is. There's still some branches and swirls around the top part, and of course, half a ton of beads, but I'm pleased with my progress so far!

Still a lot of brown to go, but at least her pretty face (and crazy antlers) can keep me company while I deal with a sea of boring dress. Might even start beading to break up the brown a bit, since I finally put her on a q-snap that's big enough to hold the entire piece of fabric! :3

Friday, October 23, 2015

just a peek!

This is just a tiny look at Willow Queen... I have a lot more done, but she's already packed up and ready to go on my weekend trip, so I don't want to get her out again. :p

It's a bit hard to tell from the picture, but I did end up going with the subtle brownish fabric. It's a little boring but I think it will work out well since she has so many beads.

Full progress shot when I return, I promise. I wonder how much I'll manage to finish while I'm away having a "relaxing" (haha) weekend. Visiting family... always fun. :p

Saturday, October 17, 2015

another RR finish!

Whew, even though this was a relatively small block for a round robin, it took me forever to stitch this pretty lady! Here's part of Queen of Freedom. :)

And I have a mighty NEED for the new Mirabilia!

Mermaids are my favorite, and these two are just amazing! I love the patterning on their tails. I don't love the price of the bead pack, but since I intend to do a bit of a conversion, I probably shouldn't get the beads as a full set. Patience is good. :3

Thursday, October 15, 2015

enabling post! :p

I was browsing on FB earlier and I saw a finished project posted by the actual designer - someone new to me, Shannon Christine Designs - and it was so lovely I had to go buy it right away! Even better, it was a set of four designs sold as one pack! (Well... it's actually one big design but they are very easily stitched as four smalls!)

Here's what it looks like:

And here's where to buy it!
Romance in Paris by Shannon Christine Designs - at Creative Poppy

There's also an Etsy store with more things that aren't on Creative Poppy:
Etsy shop!

If you haven't used Creative Poppy before, you can use the coupon code 4DOLLARS to get $4 off your first order, which is how I was able to get these pretties for $6. Even if the coupon doesn't work for you, $10 for four cute patterns is a great price!

This designer has more cute things too and I look forward to picking up more when my budget has a little more wiggle room. The end of the year is terrible for my family... all our annual bills are due around this time since this is the time of year we bought our house. Blah!

Yeah, I know I sound like an ad, but I'm genuinely excited and wanted to share! Plus I figure a new designer needs support. :3

Friday, October 09, 2015

decisions, decisions...

Taking a break from RR stitching - those Mira queens have really big heads, ahaha - to plan out my next personal Mira project! As usual, fabric color is tough to decide...

The first fabric (blue/brown) was my initial choice, but the blue is a bit brighter than I remembered. The very colorful one is probably TOO colorful... brownish is too same-y and boring, I think, and the green on the end may be a bit too green, if that makes any sense...

Maybe I'll have to take another look. :x

Sunday, October 04, 2015

finished trees!

These pictures are terrible, but since I already put the fabric away, this is all I have to show. :p

Not sure how I want to finish them... considering a four-sided spinning frame, except something like that is about $50, which is waaaaay out of my budget. Especially for finishing freebies!

Mira RR up next, I think...

Thursday, October 01, 2015

September/October goals!

New month, new goals!

First up, September's goals were:

- stitch/send Mirabilia RR on time - saving it for October :p
- finish Cherry Blossoms Biscornu - YES
- finish part 5 or 7 of Fatum - completed metallic border so GOOD ENOUGH
- finalize bottom border of Fatum - YES, and stitched most of it too!
- sell enough personal goodies to buy the Mira charts on my wishlist - YES

And new goals for October:

- stitch/send Mirabilia RR on time
- finish Jardin Prive freebie trees
- start a new Mirabilia!
- finish leaves in Fatum border
- visible progress on main portion of Fatum
- visible progress on Beaded Dragonfly Tile

Since specifying which part to stitch doesn't really work for me, I'm just going with the old "visible progress" method here. That way I can skip around and do what seems logical instead of trying to stick to a particular portion of a project.

And so this isn't a boring post with no pictures, here's my start on the final tree!

It should be easier than the others since the branches are covered in snow instead of leaves. I've stitched leaves in the wrong place so many times on these little charts! That's what I get for watching TV while stitching, I guess. :p